Since the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic hit the UK, a majority of workers have had to adapt to new working environments and increased periods of time at home. Remote working has become a standard way to keep businesses afloat, but it is easy to forget the impact on household bills that remote working will have. Obviously by working from home and spending a majority of your time there now while on lockdown will greatly increase your bills.
To help with this here are six top tips to help you save money as an increased life at home continues:
1. Identify the rooms that you work in – and operate them efficiently
The first step to success in remote working is finding the perfect working environment, without wasting energy in unused areas of your home. The Government suggests that if you will be out of a room for less than 15 minutes, leave lights on. If you will be out of a room for more than 15 minutes, turn them off. According to Energy Saving Trust, this small change could save you £14 a year on your annual energy bills.
2. Take control of your heating
If you already have a full set of heating controls, turning down your room thermostat by just one degree could save you £80 over the year – you’d barely notice the difference. A room thermostat monitors the air temperature and enables you to set the level you want. If the room temperature drops below this level, the thermostat switches your boiler on. The recommended setting is around 21°C for comfort when at home relaxing or sitting in your temporary office. This can be more like 18°C when you’re active at home, rather than home working or sitting down relaxing.
3. Be careful in the kitchen
Recent research by GME Groups partner Worcester Bosch, a boiler provider, found that 67% of Brits like to tackle the washing up by hand at least once a day, but we fear that many may simply be washing dirty dishes under a running tap. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that using a bowl and some hot, soapy water from your trusty boiler to wash up instead could save you up to £25 a year.
4. Stop heat escaping
You’ll be spending more time indoors, meaning you may have the heating on when you usually wouldn’t. Simple steps can be taken immediately to improve heat distribution in your home at no cost to you. Radiators against outside walls can allow heat to escape. So, in order to prevent any further loss of heat, pull furniture slightly away from radiators to improve the circulation of air and make the radiator more efficient.
You should also ensure you open any curtains on the south side of the house during the day, as this will increase the solar gain into the house. At night, ensure they’re all closed properly to keep out the cold.
5. Shower smart
With more working from home, the opportunity to increase exercise levels outside is high. Previous research from Worcester Bosch has found that more than half (55%) of the nation shower within 2 hours of exercise – but we should be mindful about how and for how long we shower Showers take up less water than baths, so less gas is used during the process. If you want to save some money, choose showers over baths.
6. Change your homely habits
With extra time at home, you can look at changing some of your other inefficient habits. Outside of quick heating and hot water adjustments, there are several quick changes you can make around your working environment to further reduce costs.
For example, turning off laptop switches – and not leaving it on standby – could save you an extra £30 per year according to Energy Saving Trust, while brushing teeth or shaving with cold water would also help save further.
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